IATA welcomes ICAO's tracking standard recommendation

February 6, 2015 12:59 am 

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 5 — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Second High Level Safety Conference to move towards the adoption of a performance-based standard for the global tracking of commercial aircraft.

"This will continue the industry's successful record of working with governments to improve safety through global harmonization.

"We are all moving in the same direction. The conference conclusions should be a reassurance to all travelers that safety is always aviation's top priority," IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in a statement.

The ICAO has recommended that aircraft need to report their position every 15 minutes during normal operations, whereby it applies only to remote areas, not under surveillance by air traffic services.

The IATA-coordinated Aircraft Tracking Task Force noted in its report that tracking over remote and oceanic airspace could be achieved through existing means of reporting and that new space-based technologies may play a key role in future. (PNA/Bernama)



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